A Plea for Eros

Essays

Siri Hustvedt

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From the author of the international bestseller What I Loved, a provocative collection of autobiographical and critical essays about writing and writers.

Whether her subject is growing up in Minnesota, cross-dressing, or the novel, Hustvedt’s nonfiction, like her fiction, defies easy categorization, elegantly combining intellect, emotion, wit, and passion. With a light touch and consummate clarity, she undresses the cultural prejudices that veil both literature and life and explores the multiple personalities that inevitably inhabit a writer’s mind. Is it possible for a woman in the twentieth century to endorse the corset, and at the same time approach with authority what it is like to be a man? Hustvedt does. Writing with rigorous honesty about her own divided self, and how this has shaped her as a writer, she also approaches the works of others--Fitzgerald, Dickens, and Henry James--with revelatory insight, and a practitioner’s understanding of their art.

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My father once asked me if I knew where yonder was. I said I thought yonder was another word for there. He smiled and said, “No, yonder is between here and there.” This little story has stayed with me for years as an example of linguistic magic: It identified a new space---a middle region that was neither here nor there---a place that simply didn’t exist for me until it was given a name. During my father’s brief explanation of the meaning of yonder, and every time I’ve thought of it since, a landscape appears in my mind: I am standing at the crest of a small hill looking

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"Clear, elegant writing ... Readers will find both emotional and intellectual resonance in Hustvedt's deeply personal essays."--Publishers Weekly

"As accomplished and intelligent as the author’s fiction—which is saying a lot."--Kirkus Reviews


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About the Author

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt is the author of The Blindfold and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, which are available from Picador. Her essays on art, Mysteries of the Rectangle, are available from Princeton Architectural Press. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Paul Auster.

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A Plea for Eros
Essays
Siri Hustvedt

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Picador
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429900492
ISBN10: 1429900490
240 pages
$9.99

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Picador
December 2005
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ISBN: 9780312425531
ISBN10: 0312425538
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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